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Pul-i-Charkhi prisoners on hunger strike over conditions

Pul-i-Charkhi prisoners on hunger strike over conditions

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28 Feb 2017 - 02:25
Pul-i-Charkhi prisoners on hunger strike over conditions
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28 Feb 2017 - 02:25

KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of prisoners at the Pul-i-Charkhi jail on the eastern outskirts of central capital Kabul have been denying food since last night, sources said on Monday, but the jail’s officials rejected the hunger strike claim.

One of the prisoners at the jail, Anaruddin, told Pajhwok Afghan News nearly 700 inmates of the second block had gone on hunger strike since last night.

Anaruddin, a resident of central Maidan Wardak province, has been at the facility over the past six months over negligence in duty. He alleged the jail officials mistreated prisoners and denied them their legal rights.

He said inmates who were religious scholars and well educated were held with drugs addicts in the same cells in order to force them into paying money.

“Respected religious scholars are held together with addicts and they are shifted to another cell against 4000 to 5000 afghanis in bribe.”

The inmate said they were not given religious books for study and accused the jail authorities of foot-dragging in establishing a seminary.

He also claimed the jail officials were not giving the government food to inmates free of charge.

Another inmate, Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund, confirmed the claims and said ailing inmates were not taken to hospital for treatment in-time and many prisoners had lost their lives due to the lack of medicines.

“When an ailing inmates cries for help, the jail guards don’t to come to him and if they take him to hospital, the inmate is charged 500 afghanis for a packet of tablets and 1500 afghanis for an injection,” he claimed.

Mullah Akhund said most of the prisoners lacked access to clean drinking water and electricity, confirming about 700 inmates had gone on hunger strike.

Akhund, a political prisoner, was arrested by security forces in southern Helmand province three years ago.

He and several others inmates said if their problems were not resolved, they would continue denying food.

But the jail’s commander, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Tawab Ahmadzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News that no one in the jail had gone on hunger strike.

About the demands of the prisoners, he said there were no such problems as mentioned by the inmates.

He said no inmate was treated unfairly and all received their rights on time. “I am right now at the jail, no one has staged a hunger strike.”

Afghanistan prisoners director Abdul Halim Kohistani said they had not received any report about hunger strike by the Pul-i-Charkhi inmates.

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